Workers in a Florida city disposed of a mannikin. Well, what they thought was one:
[T]wo workers hired to clean out a house believed the body of a man who hanged himself in the garage was a mannequin used for a prank. One of the men took the body to a dump, where county workers became suspicious and called deputies.
Here's a more fleshed-out version:
The house was in disarray, Nienhuis said, similar to an episode of Hoarders. Dead rodents filled the house and the workers believed that was the source of a foul smell, he said.
While cleaning, the men saw what they both believed was a mannequin hanging from the ceiling in the garage.
"Both individuals as well as the property owners believed the lifelike mannequin was a distasteful Halloween-like hoax left by the former renters," sheriff's officials said in a news release.
The men cut the body down, placed it in a pickup along with other refuse, and hauled everything to the West Hernando garbage transfer station.
There, county employees became suspicious. Shortly before noon Thursday, they called the Sheriff's Office and reported that a body had possibly been disposed in a Dumpster.
Deputies arrived and confirmed their suspicions.
Since this is Florida, it's even worse than it seems. Because it's happened before.
This type of mistake is not unprecedented. In St. Petersburg this spring, a security guard at a downtown apartment complex trashed the body of a 96-year-old woman who had jumped from her 16th-floor unit. The guard believed the body was a mannequin used as an April Fools' Day prank.
(all praise to the wife of Infocult!)